Memory becomes something of a luxury when the information is easy to recall. They can find a way to do without it and perhaps so can we. The future may belong to people who can parse through an on-demand archive.
Current antibiotics may be reaching the end of their utility. They are often kill healthy parts of out microbiome along with pathogens, which are gradually becoming resistant to them. What can be done?
The multi-billion dollar vitamin and supplement industries are largely unregulated, in part because of the endorsement of one of the greatest scientists in American history, Linus Pauling. But evidence of their value is thin, and many suspect they can cause more harm than good.
It really is true that pain is ‘all in your head’. That understanding is part of a new wave of research into why we fell physical and mental hurts and how to mediate them. It could be that being mindful and trying to characterize where the pain is or isn’t allows us to compartmentalize, and thus reduce the impact.
For some people, learning new words activates the same machinery in the brain as sex, drugs and possibly fatty and sugary foods. We get a dopamine hit from ‘preferred’ activities – and this mechanism might help explain how we developed language in the first place.
The modern supermarket strawberry looks sumptuous but often tastes like…well, straw. What’s the history of the fruit and how did traditional breeding sap its character? With a bit of help from modern genetics, can this once sumptuous fruit get its taste back?
Those wondering whether the the newly approved GMO fruit, Arctic Apple, has a future now know: With this merger/take-over, new innovations are already in the pipeline and will have strong financial backing.
The failures of statewide GMO labeling initiatives and the possibility that the courts will throw out the Vermont mandatory law has prompted a rethinking of the possibility of a federal voluntary labeling bill.
The ‘Science Guy’ has not yet announced how his views about GMOs have changed–he has been a skeptic for years–but he has gone public saying that he now views crop biotechnology differently.
A UK House of Commons report lashed out at anti-GMO advocacy groups for misapplying the ‘precautionary principle’ to the GM debate and called on the European Union to drastically revise GM regulations to allow for more innovation.
In the past couple of weeks, scientists have reported on two genetic changes that make brains bigger and may help explain why we are so different from chimpanzees. Only one of them is a gene, and it may be that most of the explanations of chimp-human differences lie elsewhere in DNA.
A consortium of organic companies under the banner of Only Organic and led by the founder of Stonyfield Farm hired an ad company to produce a video demonizing conventional agriculture, including GMOs. It’s ugly.